There’s a thread in the Silicon Valley conversation, as represented in the language of various folks out of Y Combinator and other places, that says “we” can do something for “them”. This is what the authors of this piece were, I think, trying to tease out. It’s a paternalistic attitude and it’s interwoven with the notion that Silicon Valley is the be-all and end-all of innovation, where “we” can solve “their”problems. Whether UBI (universal basic income) is or isn’t a good idea is a different conversation. Is UBI essential to providing a platform from which people can solve problems in a way that comes from their experience? Good question.